ADRD?

I wondered if such a thing existed; ADRD, or Attention Deficit Reading Disorder. Unfortunately the acronym is already taken and stands for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. Such a shame, as I bet I’m not the only one who’s mind wanders off whilst reading. As being a member of #FARG I try to help other authors by reading their books and leaving a review on Amazon. I am a rather prolific writer, my fingers can barely keep up with what my mind tells them to type. As fast as my mind thinks, so slow it reads. As my eyes travel across the pages, trying to take in all the individual words, I struggle to keep my mind from wandering off into another direction. It takes about three attempts to read what is on a page. What happens in my mind is something like this:

“Well, lad, you’ll be eight soon. You should be brushing your own hair by now.”

I still have to tell my daughter to brush her hair every day, she’s nearly fourteen…

When was the last time she washed it? It looked rather greasy this morning…

I’m so glad I had my son’s hair cut the other day, looks so much better on him than that emo look…

Shame about the pimples though, I wished he took more care of his face…

A bit of fresh air would do him good, like a nice outdoor holiday…

I liked our holiday in the Maldives, that was great for you skin, getting a tan and all…

But most of all I liked diving and snorkelling, loved the colours of the fishes…

So you see, before I know it I’m thinking about colourful fishes swimming in tropical waters, whilst my mind should be back in the late nineteenth century, thinking about a little boy called Johnny who is about to die.

Please tell me I’m not the only one…

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